Latest Show Quilt by Linda and Cheri (Meineke-Johnson)

I am very honored with the recent win (Excellence in Longarm Quilting) at Road to California.  Thank you to so many who have texted and emailed me with “congratulations!” That means a LOT to me.  I spent a lot of time on this quilt, hundreds of hours.  I have never worked that long on a quilt.  It does not have even ONE crystal on the front of the quilt, but it has 22,000 crystals on the back. I thought you might like to hear the story behind this quilt.  It is very special to Cheri and me.

Six years in the making, this quilt depicts love, faith, and hope.  Cheri worked on this top during her husband’s two-time battle with stage 4 colon/rectal cancer, dragging it around with her to hospitals during surgery, chemo and other treatments.  It helped her as the care-giver to get through the ordeal and stay positive for him.  He has been cancer free for 5 years.
It took Linda 1 1/2 years to complete the quilting with many interruptions and life-changing events in her life. The back of this quilt is embellished with over 22,000 Swarovski hot fix crystals making it a stunning reversible quilt.
Linda and Cheri have decided that there will be no quilt before it’s time!  Priorities in our lives can change in an instant and our talents will remain dormant until we can get back to them.
(All the thread in the quilt is Robinson-Anton Poly Embroidery Thread, Batting is “Linda’s Choice” by Hobbs, all fabrics are hand-dyed sateen)

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Here is the quilt that won "Excellence in Longarm Quilting" at Road to California

Here is the quilt that won “Excellence in Longarm Quilting” at Road to California


  1. I saw the quilt in person in Houston and it was gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the story behind it. Congratulations on your win! Just put my deposit down for the retreat for week #4. My husband and I will be combining this with a trip to Yellowstone. When I’m in class he will do a some backpacking! I am SO excited!

    • Terrific Margaret, I’m so happy you are coming to the retreat and bringing your husband along. He will have a great time and so will you. Have you ever been to Yellowstone Park or Teton Park? Does he like to fly fish? We can get him in touch with an experienced guide and he could fish for a day.

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